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Caramel-Chocolate Crunch Bars Recipe

Caramel-Chocolate Crunch Bars Recipe

“These bars are lower in calories and are just scrumptious,” says Agnes Ward. “The Grape-Nuts and oatmeal gives them a nice nutty crunch.” With caramel and chocolate on top, you'd never guess these are light.
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 15 min. Bake: 10 min. + cooling YIELD:8 servings

Ingredients

  • 3 tablespoons butter, softened
  • 5 tablespoons packed brown sugar
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking oats
  • 1/3 cup all-purpose flour
  • 1/3 cup Grape-Nuts
  • 1/4 cup caramel ice cream topping
  • 1/4 cup miniature semisweet chocolate chips

Directions

  • 1. Line a 9-in. x 5-in. loaf pan with heavy-duty foil. Coat foil with cooking spray and set aside.
  • 2. In a small bowl, cream butter and brown sugar. Add the oats, flour and cereal; mix well. Pat into prepared pan.
  • 3. Drizzle caramel topping to within 1/2 in. of edges. Bake at 400° for 10-12 minutes or until golden brown.
  • 4. Immediately sprinkle with chocolate chips. Bake 1 minute longer. Cool on a wire rack. Cut into bars. Yield: 8 servings.

Nutritional Facts

1 bar equals 177 calories, 6 g fat (4 g saturated fat), 11 mg cholesterol, 100 mg sodium, 30 g carbohydrate, 1 g fiber, 2 g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 starch, 1 fat.